Acıbadem Kozyatağı Hospital Nutrition and Diet Specialist Nur Ecem Baydı Ozman explained the 12 unknown benefits of strawberries; He made important suggestions.
Strawberry, which is one of our favorite fruits in spring and summer with its charming smell and taste, is a complete healing store with many nutritional components such as vitamin A, potassium, calcium, magnesium and folate, and is among the richest fruits in vitamin C. Acıbadem Kozyatağı Hospital Nutrition and Diet Specialist Nur Ecem Baydı Ozman stated that strawberries should be consumed at her discretion like every fruit, and said, “10-12 medium sized strawberries can be consumed a day and this amount of strawberries meets more than half of the daily vitamin C requirement, but it contains too much oxalate. He warns that when consumed excessively, it can cause kidney stones and also cause sand formation in the kidneys when not washed well.
Supports the immune system
Vitamin C is one of the most important vitamins that support the immune system. Nutrition and Diet Specialist Nur Ecem Baydı Ozman stated that strawberries are among the fruits richest in vitamin C and said, “In order to benefit from the vitamin C content, it is beneficial to consume strawberries fresh without waiting too long, without cooking it if possible and without making it into jam form because waiting, contact with air and cooking "In such cases, there is a lot of vitamin C loss."
Effective against anemia
Strawberry is also rich in folate, vitamin B9. Thanks to the folate it contains, it is effective in the production of healthy red blood cells. As is known, anemia, anemia, can be seen in folate deficiency. Folate also plays a role in the formation and regeneration of cells in the body, especially in women of childbearing age, it is important to take a sufficient amount of folate daily, because in the absence of spina bifida, the problem of incomplete closure of the spinal canal in the baby can develop.
Improves skin quality
Normally, there is a high concentration of vitamin C in the skin. Thanks to the stimulation of collagen synthesis, vitamin C gives the skin elasticity and provides a lively appearance, delays the formation of wrinkles and also protects the skin from the damage of ultraviolet rays, so it is important to get enough vitamin C every day for a healthy skin.
Thanks to the vitamin C, anthocyanins and fibers in the content of strawberries, it helps to improve the lipid profile in the blood by lowering the level of malignant cholesterol, LDL and triglycerides.
It is good for heart health
Flavonoids constitute the main group of phenolic compounds in strawberries, that is, phytochemicals that have protective effects on health with their bioactive properties. These compounds prevent atherosclerosis and help keep blood pressure at normal levels by fighting free radicals and reducing oxidative stress.
Ascorbic acid, or vitamin C, plays a role in the formation of the sheath covering nerve cells in the brain and in the communication between these cells. Communication between these cells is of great importance in strengthening mental functions such as memory, decision-making and recall.
Helps with weight control
Strawberry is effective in providing satiety thanks to its high water and pulp content. Nutrition and Diet Specialist Nur Ecem Baydı Ozman said, “Strawberry's glycemic index, that is, the rate of increasing blood sugar, is not high. In this way, it contributes to the stabilization of blood sugar, ”he says.
Takes part in reducing the harms of smoking
Nutrition and Diet Specialist Nur Ecem Baydı Ozman stated that people who smoke have lower levels of vitamin C in their blood and continues: “People who smoke are exposed to reactive oxygen types that may be carcinogenic. Tissue damage is inevitable when reactive oxygen species increase in the body. For this reason, smokers need more antioxidants that neutralize reactive oxygen species than non-smokers. In this sense, thanks to the vitamin C in its content, strawberry helps smokers to compensate for vitamin C deficiency and also helps fight reactive oxygen species, thereby reducing oxidative stress and preventing tissue damage, ”he says.
It prevents constipation
The high content of water and fiber optimizes the functioning of the intestines and thus prevents constipation, contributes to intestinal health by preventing constipation, and also plays a protective role against colon cancer with the antioxidant vitamins and compounds it contains.
Strengthens the gums
Vitamin C helps the gum tissue to which the teeth are attached to remain strong and healthy. For this reason, gum problems can develop in people who take vitamin C insufficiently. Strawberry, which is a good source of vitamin C, contributes to the prevention of gum problems.
It has a protective effect against cancer
Strawberry has a protective effect against cancer thanks to the anthocyanins it contains. Nutrition and Diet Specialist Nur Ecem Baydı Ozman says, "Anthocyanins, which are found naturally in red fruits, help to reduce oxidative stress in the body by showing antioxidant properties, and they also play a protective role against cancer with their anti-inflammatory and antimutagenic effects."
It helps to keep blood sugar in balance.
"After a long hunger, you are likely to go for sugary foods with high carbohydrates due to low blood sugar." Nutrition and Diet Specialist Nur Ecem Baydı Ozman says: “10-12 pieces of medium sized strawberries you will consume in the afternoon and 2-3 balls of walnuts will help you balance your blood sugar and control your portions at the next meal”.